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This past week I received an announcement that Bainbridge Technology Solutions was closing its doors on Winslow Way (“Main Street”) on Bainbridge Island. It’s been a storefront institution for over a dozen years; a welcome man cave to pick up parts, order a new system and most importantly, receive expert repair services. It joins other recent closures such as an office supply store (“Paper Products) just down the street.

At the recently completed Sage Summit in Atlanta, I enjoyed a 1:1 meeting with George Foreman, boxing legend, following his keynote address to several thousand attendees. My question was simple – it was about advice for my 18 year old son who is an Eagle Scout and will start at CalPoly this fall studying information systems.

Starting a business for the first time can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Follow these sage advice tips to keep your head above water in the beginning stages.

By: Matt Knee Founder and President of MyNewCompany.com

Late last month I met with Lenovo North America president Emilio Ghilardi for a 1:1 interview at the Lenovo Accelerate 2017 conference in Orlando. While I’m sure I was supposed to ask about SKUs, offers and incentives – standard OEM speak - I took a left turn without permission

I recently had a surprisingly transparent conversation with Fred Voccola, the CEO of Kaseya. He has gained his sea legs just crossing his second work anniversary. The tone and tenor of the interview was three-fold: Hello World, No IT and Office 365.

Editors Note - this is a excellent partner/customer event in the Seattle area in a month. Please support the community (and yes- you can bring your toughest questions about Azure in small business, etc.) 

Your Business, Cloud Ready in 100 Days

Looking back at the recent Lenovo Accelerate 2017 event in Orlando, I thought one executive conversation might be a fun exercise in letting the evidence take us where it leads us. Let’s get started. If you are an MSP starting up or starting over, Lenovo might be a good fit.

Sammy Kinlaw, NA Channel Chief
Kinlaw is someone who takes fun seriously,

Long-time SMB Nation readers will recall my mobile phone journey from Apple to BlackBerry to Windows Phone. Today I’m limping along with an aging Nokia 1020 that I originally purchased for its state of the art camera (40+ megapixels). That’s right

By: Gloria Kopp

Of course you want to find the best, most qualified freelancers to do the jobs you need done. No one sets out looking for the second or third best person to work for them.

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Webinar: The True Cost of Downtime: How to Map Cost & Risk in a Complete DR Plan

SMB Nation Webinar Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM PST

Presented by: Ray Sullivan and Derek Cheek